Illustration Process: Red Riding Hood

Good day peeps! For this illustration, I had the idea to do a Little Red Riding Hood concept. One thing I remember hearing from a lecture by Iain McCaig, is that to make a concept stick/stand out/be more interesting, simply take the story and flip it. This is especially helpful for making traditional, timeless stories fresh and intriguing.

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the protagonist is a little girl and the antagonist is a large, scary wolf. To flip the concept, I make the girl more mature and turn the wolf into a helpless pup. In the thumbnails below, you’ll see I also play with making the huntsman (who originally saves the girl from the wolf) the antagonist instead.

I go with the third thumbnail and begin sketching a value study.

As I keep working, the drawing starts looking more finished than I intended. (I was having a lot of fun with the mood from the pencil). So I complete the entire thing, scan it into Photoshop, and see if I can take it to a finish.

Value study.

Color study.

The detail and mood I want are definitely there, and the colors work really well too (to me, anyway). Overall, there’s a consistent look to this piece I’m really digging and look forward to trying with future pieces.

The medium is 0.5mm mechanical pencil and 4B graphite pencil on 8.5″x11″ printer paper. Overlaid additional values and color in Photoshop. The 4B was actually a gift I received in Japan. Ever since using this particular brand, I honestly can’t draw with anything else. It’s smooth and buttery with a consistent texture I just love! The brand is Mitsubushi Uni Hi-Uni. If you like working with pencil, I highly recommend these.

Hope this post has been helpful. Thanks for taking the time to check it out, and if you like what you see/read, feel free to like, comment, share the love, or all of the above. :)